Feb. 14, 2004
The 23rd-ranked University of Tennessee women's tennis team fell by a 4-3 score to No. 58 Wake Forest on Sat., Feb. 14. The narrow margin of victory was indicative of the competitive nature of the all-time series between the two teams, as the Demon Deacons now hold a 12-11 advantage in matchups against the Lady Vols. The victory improves Wake's record to 5-0 this season, while UT falls to 4-4.
Doubles competition featured some exciting play, as the winner of the doubles point was not determined until the final match. Wake Forest's Karin Coetzee and Elizabeth Proctor kicked things off with an 8-4 win over freshman Blakeley Griffith (Middleburg, Va.) and sophomore Melissa Schaub (Lexington, Ohio) at No. 3 doubles.
UT juniors Majen Immink (Kent, U.K.) and Breanna Kray (Surrey, B.C., Canada), however, brought the Orange back into contention with a 9-8(5) victory against Danielle Schwartz and Aimee Smith at the No. 2 position. The Demon Deacons were able to clinch the doubles point, though, as Ashlee Davis and Katie Martzolf pulled off an 8-6 win over UT sophomore Sabita Maharaj (Gainesville, Fla.) and junior Ashley Robards (Henderson, Ky.) at the No. 1 spot.
With Wake Forest leading 1-0 heading into singles play, not only would the Lady Vols have to overcome losing the doubles point, but they would have to do it without their top player, 13th-ranked senior Tammy Encina, who was sidelined with an injury. Although the Orange and White battled valiantly, they were able to win just three of the six singles matches, allowing the Demon Deacons to claim a 4-3 victory.
A major highlight for UT, however, was a 7-5, 7-6(3) upset by 86th-ranked Maharaj over 15th-ranked Coetzee at No. 1 singles. The win marks the highest-rated player Maharaj has ever defeated, and improves her singles record to 14-7 this season.
Also for the Lady Vols, Griffith registered an impressive 6-4, 6-3 win over Davis, while playing at No. 3 singles for the first time in her career. Griffith now boasts an 18-5 singles mark in her first season of collegiate play.
Tennessee's final victory came at the No. 5 singles position, as freshman Victoria Jones (Tyne & Wear, U.K.) posted a 7-5, 6-2 triumph over Smith. The win improves Jones' record to 11-7 in singles play this season.
Wake Forest's victories, meanwhile, came at the No. 2, 4 and 6 singles positions. No. 93 Martzolf downed No. 96 Robards, 7-6(3), 6-3, at the No. 2 spot, while Schwartz defeated Immink, 6-3, 7-6(3), at No. 4 and Proctor defeated Kray, 6-4, 6-1, at No. 6.
The Lady Vols will quickly return home to host No. 9 North Carolina at 1 p.m. on Sun., Feb. 15. The match will be held at the Goodfriend Indoor Tennis Center on the UT campus and admission is free.
#23 Tennessee vs. #58 Wake Forest
Winston-Salem, N.C. - February 14, 2004
Final score: WF 4, UT, 3
No. 1 #86 Sabita Maharaj (UT) def. #15 Karin Coetzee (WF), 7-5, 7-6(3)
No. 2 #93 Katie Martzolf (WF) def. #96 Ashley Robards (UT), 7-6(3), 6-3
No. 3 Blakeley Griffith (UT) def. Ashlee Davis (WF), 6-4, 6-3
No. 4 Danielle Schwartz (WF) def. Majen Immink (UT), 6-3, 7-6(3)
No. 5 Victoria Jones (UT) def. Aimee Smith (WF), 7-5, 6-2
No. 6 Liz Proctor (WF) def. Breanna Kray (UT), 6-4, 6-1
Order of finish: 6, 4, 2*, 3, 1, 5
No. 1 Davis/Martzolf (WF) def. Maharaj/Robards (UT), 8-6
No. 2 Immink/Kray (UT) def. Schwartz/Smith (WF), 9-8(5)
No. 3 Coetzee/Proctor (WF) def. Griffith/Schaub (UT), 8-4
Order of finish: 3, 2, 1*
* Clinching point